“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.
Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest. Value has a value only if its value is valued.”
Last month, my father passed away. During this strong emotional period I only posted some private thoughts, remembering this period. A couple of weeks after the funeral, I received following recording of my Godchild Jonas playing for my father a last post. Expressing his feelings during that moment.
I asked him to perform this and am very grateful he did this.
I also want to thank Tomas who was so attentive to take his phone and record the scene.
Tomas was the funeral director of the ceremony, which was executed with a lot of respect.
[Ned] We zijn in de ban van de angst. De terreurdreiging heeft wereldwijd een enorme impact. Mag ik u er echter op wijzen dat de dreiging van het klimaat duizend keer ernstiger is? De opwarming van ons klimaat mag dan geen vuurwapen dragen, het is een enorm explosieve situatie. Eenmaal die 'bom' ontploft, is er geen weg terug. We zitten nu al op de limit, laten we er niet over gaan. Wees niet blind voor de grote uitdaging waarvoor we allen staan. De politici wereldwijd, maar ook u en ik, moeten dringend werk maken van de dreiging die onze hele maatschappij van de kaart kan vegen. Neen, ik heb niet niet over terroristen.
[Eng] We're paralysed by fear. The threat of terrorism has made a huge impact, worldwide. I wish to inform you that the threat of the climate change is a million times more pressing. Global warming might not carry a firearm, it's an enormous explosive situation nonetheless. Once that bomb drops, there's no way back. We're already at the limit, let's not push it anymore. Don't be blind for the big challenge we're all facing. Politicians worldwide, but also you and I, have to put the climate at the top of our agenda. We have to fight this threat that can wipe civilisation off the face of the planet. No, I'm not talking about terrorists.
Being on a hacking event in Essen at the Linux hotel (fossgis) to work on OSGeo open source and preparing the next FOSSGIS conference, I put my luggage in my car at 9:01 exactly. I remember the exact time, because somebody called me at that right moment on my cell when he saw me walking with my luggage from within the hotel. I decided to leave my coat also in the car, since it wasn't raining anymore and there was no wind (like the night before).
After breakfast, the meeting started (foto). Suddenly, people went into the room telling a tree has fallen down and one car was severely damaged. I am very lucky I was not in the car when it happened. It was as if the tree was waiting for the right moment to fall.
Examining the tree, it seems that he was not very deeply attached into the soil. Only a small root into the ground for the stability. The tree was very old and I suppose rotten. (foto)
Unluckily, the tree had chosen my car as a target, right in the middle.
A branch of the tree pierced the front window, through the drivers seat, just to the bottom of the car.
Parking "nur für gäste" ….
After removing the fallen tree, 2 other trees needed to be removed also.
After some hours I'm trying to have myself organized again and to get my mobility back, as I have a busy agenda next week.
Today is a car free day in Ghent. A day full of activities and again people in the centre of the city. Yesterday there was an event ODEGAND. A music festival with music from all over the world, and performances on different parallel places. Today the event goes on, but kids are playing the music. Ghent is a vibrant city! I am proud to be born and live in Ghent.
No better time to drink a cold glass of wine in the september sun ….
People enjoying a sunny sunday afternoon in Ghent – Graslei
We still can do something to control the climate change, but we should act now.
I will not fly to the conference in Portland next week. (https://2014.foss4g.org/) My part in saving some CO2. But this will not be enough. We should do more. And we should beleive that we can make the difference!
If we want to preserve a bit what exists on this planet.
Today we (Matthias and I) installed a new ubuntu 14.04 server with MySQL, Apache, Seafile, postfix and wordpress and I was ready to migrate my old html website to my new environment.
Hopefully this time I will be able to post now and then some interesting blogs.
(at least I tweet now and then a comment on what is happening in my environment, and now I have a place to put some more background information to it….)